Robert Barron

Duncan veteran recalls war’s end

Duncan veteran recalls war’s end

War changed Jack Bridges’ life forever

Duncan veteran recalls war’s end
Chanchal Singh Thiara (left), president of the Vancouver Island Sikh Cultural Society, and his wife Amarjeet (right) hand out meals to front-line workers at the Cowichan District Hospital on May 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Island Sikh community donates 800 meals to frontline workers

Volunteers out handing out prepared meals to grateful Cowichan District Hospital workers

Chanchal Singh Thiara (left), president of the Vancouver Island Sikh Cultural Society, and his wife Amarjeet (right) hand out meals to front-line workers at the Cowichan District Hospital on May 25. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)

Cowichan CMHA officials respond to report, probation order

“there are important improvements needed to ensure greater fairness within our housing program.”

Cathy Schmidt, chair of the board of directors of the local branch of the CMHA, said the organization welcomes the recent independent report and will be working to implement its recommendations. (Citizen file)
Sara Rosetta Thomas, who faces six charges in fatal accident in 2018, will be back in Duncan court on June 2 for a pre-trial conference. (File photo)

Woman charged in fatal Malahat accident back in court on June 2

Sara Rosetta Thomas faces six charges in 2018 incident

Sara Rosetta Thomas, who faces six charges in fatal accident in 2018, will be back in Duncan court on June 2 for a pre-trial conference. (File photo)
(Black Press file photo).

CVRD testing Shawnigan water after complaints of metallic taste, odour

“This type of problem has come up a number of times in summers in the past”

(Black Press file photo).
The five tenting sites for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have been identified. (File photo)

Here’s where tenting sites for the homeless will be set up in Cowichan

Authorities say they will be temporary and well maintained

The five tenting sites for the homeless in the Cowichan Valley during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have been identified. (File photo)
The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Heath Association on probation

Misconduct by board, management among the complaints

The Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has been put on probation for one year by the B.C. Division of the of the CMHA. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner TJ Watt is dwarfed by an enormous, 11-foot-wide old-growth red cedar tree recently cut down in the Caycuse River watershed. (Submitted photo)

Conservation group cries foul over logging old-growth near Cowichan Lake

Government working on new strategy for old-growth forests in Caycuse River watershed

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner TJ Watt is dwarfed by an enormous, 11-foot-wide old-growth red cedar tree recently cut down in the Caycuse River watershed. (Submitted photo)
Katia Bannister, left, from the Cowichan chapter of the Earth Guardians, and Jane Kilthei from One Cowichan role up a petition with more than 1,800 names asking the CVRD to declare a climate emergency at a meeting last fall. (File photo)

Island group hosting virtual town hall on climate change after COVID-19

Government representatives to participate in Cowichan-based forum

Katia Bannister, left, from the Cowichan chapter of the Earth Guardians, and Jane Kilthei from One Cowichan role up a petition with more than 1,800 names asking the CVRD to declare a climate emergency at a meeting last fall. (File photo)
Fuller Lake Arena is among the recreation facilities in the Municipality of North Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Regional District that are now shut down. Its parking lot is being considered as a site for a temporary homeless camp during COVID-19. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Location search underway for 8-10 homeless tent sites in Cowichan

Fuller Lake Arena parking lot in Chemainus under consideration as part of COVID-related plan

Fuller Lake Arena is among the recreation facilities in the Municipality of North Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Regional District that are now shut down. Its parking lot is being considered as a site for a temporary homeless camp during COVID-19. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis is causing tension for some people, resulting in incidents like a man in Duncan being spat on by an 11-year-old boy while standing in line at a bank. (File photo)
Social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis is causing tension for some people, resulting in incidents like a man in Duncan being spat on by an 11-year-old boy while standing in line at a bank. (File photo)
People enjoy the warm weather at McIvor Lake in Campbell River, B.C. on May 10, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island’s summer teaser is over (for now)

Warm weather expected to return next week after record temperatures chased away by rain

People enjoy the warm weather at McIvor Lake in Campbell River, B.C. on May 10, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Inspector Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said property crime has increased in the City of Duncan since the new year. (File photo)

Police link rising crime in Duncan to COVID-19 crisis

RCMP state more people being released from prison during pandemic

Inspector Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said property crime has increased in the City of Duncan since the new year. (File photo)
The Cowichan Tribes are warning there will be consequences for anyone extracting gravel and/or dumping waste on its lands. Pictured is Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes warns against gravel removal and dumping waste on its land

All necessary enforcement action will be taken

The Cowichan Tribes are warning there will be consequences for anyone extracting gravel and/or dumping waste on its lands. Pictured is Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour. (File photo)
Dutch liberation commemorated at Duncan cenotaph

Dutch liberation commemorated at Duncan cenotaph

Canadian troops played integral role

Dutch liberation commemorated at Duncan cenotaph
The Simms Park tulips, planted in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands are in full bloom, at the perfect time. The Liberation of the Netherlands became official on May 5, 1945, leading to the unconditional surrender of all German forces on the continent two days later (May 7). The next day, May 8, was declared Victory in Europe (V-E) Day. Photo by Terry Farrell

Vancouver Island finding ways to remember the liberation of the Netherlands

May 5, 2020 marks 75 years since enemy forces surrendered in the Netherlands

The Simms Park tulips, planted in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands are in full bloom, at the perfect time. The Liberation of the Netherlands became official on May 5, 1945, leading to the unconditional surrender of all German forces on the continent two days later (May 7). The next day, May 8, was declared Victory in Europe (V-E) Day. Photo by Terry Farrell
It might not be exactly as usual, but business is coming back

It might not be exactly as usual, but business is coming back

Cowichan retailers finding new ways to serve their customers in a COVID-19 world

It might not be exactly as usual, but business is coming back
Vancouver Island students are studying again, but not in schools

Vancouver Island students are studying again, but not in schools

School districts introduce new at-home learning curriculum

Vancouver Island students are studying again, but not in schools
The Valley’s Hans Vedo helped develop a new app that will assist hospitals and health-care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island man helps develop new app to aid health care during COVID-19 crisis

Hans Vedo works remotely with Burnaby-based Traction on Demand

The Valley’s Hans Vedo helped develop a new app that will assist hospitals and health-care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. (Submitted photo)
The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth (pictured) issued a ministerial order on March 26 which limits the authority of local bylaw officers to assisting provincial public health officers with enforcement or rules around COVID-19. (File photo).

North Cowichan has received 10 complaints regarding COVID-19 rules so far

But bylaw officers continue to lack enforcement authority

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth (pictured) issued a ministerial order on March 26 which limits the authority of local bylaw officers to assisting provincial public health officers with enforcement or rules around COVID-19. (File photo).